Huggins’ case remanded down to lower court

An incident in rural Platte County last year that led to a SWAT standoff is still winding its way through the courts.

Lucas Huggins

Lucas Huggins

Lucas Huggins, 28, was taken into custody Feb. 22, 2018 after the Platte County SWAT Team and Platte County Crisis Negotiations Team responded to the Huggins’ home off Mohawk Road.

The Platte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of Huggins firing a handgun at his neighbor’s vehicle.

Huggins was scheduled for a jury trial later this year by Judge James Van Amburg, but last month his case was remanded to a lower court. He will be back in court on Tuesday, May 7 before Judge Ann Hansbrough.

According to court documents, the incident started when the victim observed Huggins sitting at a bus stop shelter at Mohawk Road and Hampton roads.

Huggins flipped off the victim, who rolled down his window and asked him why he was still mad. Last year, the victim’s wife ran over Huggins’ dog on accident.

Huggins walked toward the vehicle, yelling profanities before pulling a gun from his right pocket. He struck the rear passenger window before pointing the gun at the victim.

The victim later noticed his tire was flat after being shot by Huggins.

Huggins was located locked in the driver’s seat of a Ford F-150 at his residence, which led to the standoff.

His wife told officers he had been drinking and ‘acting in a manner which she had never seen from him.’

Prior to police arrival, Huggins made multiple trips from the residence to the vehicle and threatened to harm himself after loading a handgun.

After being taken into custody without incident by SWAT, Huggins was evaluated by emergency medical service personnel.

Huggins consented to a portable breath test and it indicated a blood alcohol content of .172 — above the legal limit of .080.

A black .45 caliber pistol was located in the driver’s door of the F-150 where Huggins was sitting. A silver .45 caliber casing was recovered from the driveway behind Huggins’ truck. An additional silver .45 caliber casing was recovered in the roadway directly in front of the bus stop where the victim and Huggins had the encounter at NW Mohawk Road and NW Hampton Road.

Huggins refused to give details regarding the incident to investigators.

He is facing allegations of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon while intoxicated.

Huggins bonded out shortly after his arrest, posting a $15,000 cash bond with the conditions of no contact with the victim — direct or indirect — or possession of a firearm.

According to online court records, Huggins’ spouse filed for divorce a few months after the incident.